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] Date Posted:01:25:25 04/30/02 Tue
Hi everyone. I am Jo from Japan. I play the Highland bagpipes as well. I have some cane reeds for bagpipes but my bagpipes are from Shepherd and Son and the reed seem too hard to blow and want to have weaker but nice cane reed to play with my bagpipes. Do you have any good cane reed which is not too hard to blow with? Now I have a weak cane reed and I love it but it seems too sharp as it seems too weak.. so I was wondering if anyone could tell me your favourite weak cane reeds for chanter.
If possible, would you please e-mail me;
how are you?
well i would suggest you soak one of your hard reed in warm water (not hot water! warm - body temp.).
three times a day for about 3 minutes each time, for 3 (or 4) days, and then leave it alone to rest for 4-5 days. it should weaken it alot. to weaken more - soak more!
after that period your reed will become weaker, and get his "perosnality".
Date Posted:02:03:34 07/25/02 Thu
I wouldn't suggest soaking it in water!!! If you need a weaker reed then go and buy some! Or even buy medium strengh. Play them constantly and they will become easier to play( even cork your drones and play your chanter only )AS for the pitch of your reed , adjust it in the chanter to where the best pitch is, it can be tricky sometimes but you'll get it in the end. Maybe even taping the holes will help, usually on the top hand is where wither the chanter or reeds have some minor tweeking...
Date Posted:22:23:41 07/25/02 Thu
Thank you for your advice. Hm. It seems I'd better find a medium or weak reed to play with my chanter. I rubbed a hard reed a wee bit with some sand-paper, and it became too weak reed, so I guess I need to pracitce more to do it, eh.
Do you have any favourite cane reed companies? I mean where is your cane reed - chanter reed - from?
Yeah, I know what you mean about wrapping with some tape on the hole..
Thank you for your adive!!
Date Posted:15:34:53 07/25/02 Thu
That's ok if you want to destroy your reed really fast. If you want an easier reed then buy some 'easy' ones, or shave down an existing one.
>how are you?
>well i would suggest you soak one of your hard reed in
>warm water (not hot water! warm - body temp.).
>three times a day for about 3 minutes each time, for 3
>(or 4) days, and then leave it alone to rest for 4-5
>days. it should weaken it alot. to weaken more - soak
>after that period your reed will become weaker, and
>get his "perosnality".
Date Posted:13:59:50 07/26/02 Fri
Exactly , I wouldn't sand it unless there is someone who has consdierable knowlegde and does it for you. Reeds are different all over , you have to find one that suits you. Personally i use MegarityRoss reeds but that is up to you.
Date Posted:08:30:46 07/26/02 Fri
i know... my advise is only if you have really hard reed and you want to weaken him. its better then sanding, and there is no risk of destroying the reed in the process.
if you dry your reed after every time you wet them, it wouldn't destroy your reed that much.
Date Posted:16:02:00 07/26/02 Fri
I know you mean well, but you're dead wrong on this one. NEVER SOAK A REED!!! Unless it's someone that you don't like and you want to destroy their set-up. :)
>i know... my advise is only if you have really hard
>reed and you want to weaken him. its better then
>sanding, and there is no risk of destroying the reed
>in the process.
>if you dry your reed after every time you wet them, it
>wouldn't destroy your reed that much.
Long time since we've last talked! I'm so sorry I never came through with my promise to send you some weak reeds. I went through my collection of old reeds recently and I WILL send you some this weekend. The tone quality will be pretty poor, but it's tough to find a weak reed that sounds good. Especially when they are weak from abuse/neglect like these are. I WILL send them this time, I promise. Email me sometime!